Assembly of Nationalities and other Election Manoeuvres
With presidential elections on the horizon and ongoing attempts by the Party of the Regions to play the “anti-fascist” card, attention to the launching of a new “Assembly of National Minorities” seems warranted..
Arson attacks on mosques in the Crimea
Two Crimean Tatar Mosques have burned down in the Crimea and witnesses say that they have found signs of arson The Mufti of the Muslims of Crimea Hajji Emirali Ablaev has called on Muslims to remain calm and called the arson attacks attempts to provoke interreligious conflict.
A Syllabus Divided
On moves heightening division within the country, demonstrated even in controversial changes to the history syllabus and a book, published with local authority funding, which repeats Soviet lies about the Crimean Tatars. .
Student union reports attack probably by extreme rightwing thugs
The independent student union Direct Action [Pryama Diya] has reported what it calls the latest attack on one of its activists and asserts that this is the latest attack in a wave of extreme rightwing violence.
Concern mounting over provocation on the eve of Hasidic Pilgrimage to Uman
With the arrival of Hasidic pilgrims to Uman just over a week away, concern is strong regarding the Orthodox cross recently erected in a place of religious significance to the pilgrims. The actions seem clearly directed at provoking conflict and inciting inter-ethnic and inter-faith enmity..
Problems, like prices, have a tendency to rise. Not always, however, and as well as decreasing, they can also mutate. This makes anti-Semitic mindsets of any kind especially dangerous and easily manipulated.
Dangerous “antifascist” card
Unlike administrative resource, thugs and cynical "antifascist" rhetoric, imagination was in short supply at the 18 May “antifascist demonstration” in Kyiv. While VO Svoboda ideological consistency does not make its bigoted views any more palatable, the Party of the Regions was still stupendously uncovincing
On the danger and cynicism behind the “anti-fascist” events planned for 18 May
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine [Vaad] and the Congress of National Communities have issued a joint statement regarding the supposed “anti-fascist” demonstration planned for 18 May.
Proposed revelry on anniversary of the Deportation inappropriate
The Mejlis is angered over the decision of the Crimean Parliament to to boycott the traditional celebration of Khydyrlez and organize their own festivities falling right on the days marking the 69th anniversary of the signing by Stalin of the decree ordering the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars
More anti-Semitic vandalism in Mykolaiv
The Monument to the Victims of the Holocaust has been vandalized for the second time in the last year, as well as a memorial plaque to Menachim Mendlu Shnerson
Engineering Conflict in the Crimea
The Crimean leadership, almost certainly with encouragement from above, seem hellbent on fuelling confrontation with potentially tragic consequences
Parliamentary Committee call for intervention in Crimean conflict
The Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-Ethnic Relations has called on President Yanukovych to intervene in the conflict between the Crimean government and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
More hate-related acts of vandalism in Mykolaiv and the Crimea
In Mykolaiv the Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust was defiled (with a foul word daubed over the memorial plaque, while in the Crimea the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Crimea was daubed with a swastika, five-pointed star and foul language
Provocation over Crimean Tatar Deportation anniversary
Present actions by the Simferopol and Crimean authorities appear aimed at using traditional remembrance events marking the Deportation on 17 - 18 May to provoke discord and disturbances
Dangerous manoeuvres in the Crimea
Highly worrying moves afoot in the Crimea suggest that concern back in November 2011 over the President’s quite staggering promotion of Anatoly Mohylyov to the post of Prime Minister of the Crimea was extremely well-founded
Mustafa Dzhemiliev: Assault on Kurultay representative threatens Crimean stability
In Simferopol one of the influential activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement and official of the Kurultay or National Assembly of the Crimean Tatar People, Kurtseyit Abduplayev has been attacked and brutally beaten
Uses and abuses of far-right electoral gains in Ukraine
Recent electoral success of the rightwing VO Svoboda Party and the obvious benefits to the ruling Party of the Regions have prompted considerable speculation, while attempts to play hero to the far-right xenophobes suggest the influence of other players, including at least one Kremlin-supported organization
Anti-Semitism in Ukraine in 2012
Viacheslav Likhachev’s monitoring of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is especially valuable as he places each given year within a broader context making it possible to assess how accurate are the frequent claims of sharp increases in anti-Semitism, etc.
Justified concerns about the rightwing VO Svoboda Party may have concentrated of late on its members’ revolting displays of anti-Semitism. They should not end there, and the opposition would do well to recall that the party’s platform is light years away from freedom and democracy
Moves are afoot to reinstate a distasteful relic of Soviet times - the “fifth point” in ones passport indicating “nationality”. The term fully warrants the inverted commas since in Soviet times the fifth point identified a person as “Ukrainian” OR “Russian” OR “Jew”, “Crimean Tatar” etc